Crime

Canadian National Who Was Found WIth 39 Kilos Of Cocaine In Suva To Stand Trial In April, 2020

It is alleged that on February 14, 2019, in Caubati, Suva, Rahman was found in possession of 39.5 kilograms of illicit drugs, namely cocaine.
11 Sep 2019 15:41
Canadian National Who Was Found WIth 39 Kilos Of Cocaine In Suva To Stand Trial In April, 2020
Joshua Aziz Rahman outside the High Court in Suva on September 10, 2019. Photo: Ashna Kumar

The two-week trial for a 24-year-old Canadian national will begin from April 27 next year at the High Court in Suva.

Accused, Joshua Aziz Rahman appeared before Judge Justice Daniel Goundar yesterday.

Rahman is facing one count of unlawful possession of illicit drugs.

It is alleged that on February 14, 2019, in Caubati, Suva, Rahman was found in possession of 39.5 kilograms of illicit drugs, namely cocaine.

The raid was conducted at the accused person’s home in Caubati on February 14, where the discovery of 39 bars of white powder was discovered and later tested positive to be cocaine worth more than $30 million.

Defence lawyer Neel Shivam told the court that the defence was working on finalising the senior counsel for the trial and sought for a tentative trial date to be fixed for April next year which would give defence the time to find the counsel.

State prosecutor from the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Assistant DPP Andrew Jack told the court that the prosecution’s case was of two weeks.

However, he told the court that the trial days may reduce as there would be elements that would be agreed upon by both the counsels.

Justice Goundar had fixed the matter for trial on April 27, 2020, for two weeks.

The matter was adjourned for a pre-trial conference on November 1.

Rahman was further remanded in custody.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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